I just spent a couple hours procrastinating by reading a number of American political blogs with leanings toward the Republican political spectrum. I won’t say conservative because though many label themselves conservative, the values and opinions they express are anything but.
With the exception of Drudge (which I think is funny like the Onion) and the Huffington Post (which i guess is ‘liberal’ and funny like the Onion) I never read sites such as these.
It’s their community’s which are especially illuminating. So here off the top of my head a short list of memorabilia:
- Russia wants Obama to win the election so they can run all over him
- Obama is a pussy. Anyone not tough enough or who doesn’t advocate war is a pussy
- If off-shore drilling will save me 2 cents a tank where is the downside? (unless you live on the coast of course)
- Hummer’s seem to be a necessary accessory
- Liberals all want to spit on the constitution
- Lots and lots of tough aggressive talk – like I remember conversations in high school or while drunk
- Lots of black and white thinking. Us and them. Liberal or Conservative. Against us or with us.
- The media is run by liberals who are against ‘us’
- Though proven ineffective torture is ok and desirable
- The Republican leadership can do no wrong
- It’s not the administrations fault ‘things’ (always see this word and never clear points) have gone the way they have
- Liberalism is a mental disorder
- There is a fight to take America back … from Americans (wtf?)
- It seems anyone with an education is branded dumb and elitist. Especially if they went to an ivy league university
My uncle back home, who is one of my favourite people in the world, had similar thinking. He never voted on the issues or the person on the ballot but has fallowed the Liberal party religiously for as long as I can remember. But he was neither aggressive, nor violent, and was generally very kind to people regardless of their political or racial make-up. The kind of thinking I read was so utterly narrow that I can see how fractious debates in the have become.